Walking safaris are the ultimate African experience. Only on foot can you feel a part of the landscape, walking over ancient rock formations, across dry river beds and through woodland and savannah, all accompanied by a wealth of birds and wildlife.
You haven't been on safari in Africa unless you've got your walking boots on and explored the landscape on foot – leaving only footprints behind in the sand. To walk in Africa is to be part of Africa, a unique experience in an environment dominated by big game, and where man is but a passing guest.
Walking safaris allow the participant to investigate the flora and fauna of the Africa bush, follow the spoor of lion through the bush, a leopard lying in ambush or the tracks of a solitary and secretive rhino on his wanderings. Walking safaris offer unrivaled opportunities for the botanist, birder or photographer.
They can also reward with experiences that will live long in the memory. Zimbabwe offers some of the best big game viewing destinations in Africa, with Hwange and Mana Pools National Parks holding large numbers of elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and many species of antelope, complimented with lion, leopard and hyaena.
Based in Victoria Falls, Leon Varley is one of the most experienced walking guides in Zimbabwe. Leon has been leading walking safaris to his 'local patches' of Hwange and Chizarira National Parks - areas Leon knows like the back of his hand - and beyond for over thirty years. Leon is well known by his often returning clients for his in-depth knowledge of the African bush, a talent for telling fire-side stories of adventures past, and a strong sense of humour.
"Leon Varley is one of Zimbabwe's most respected guides and specialises in walking safaris in Hwange and Chizarira National Parks." Paul Murray, Bradt Travel Guide to Zimbabwe.
Explore this site to discover more about our Walking Safaris - read about Hwange National Park, how our walks work and of course, a bit about Leon himself. You can also check our planned departures for the coming season.
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